Airtel’s quarterly India sales drop 10.9%, partly offset by Africa turnover

26 Oct 2018

India’s Bharti Airtel posted consolidated group revenues of INR204.22 billion (USD2.79 billion) in the three months ended 30 September 2018, down by 6.2% year-on-year, as domestic revenue dropped 10.9% to INR149.3 billion – including a 7.2% mobile sales fall due to continued competitive pricing pressure – partly offset by a 10.8% rise in Airtel Africa turnover in constant currency terms. Consolidated EBITDA, EBIT and net profit fell y-o-y by 20.7%, 67.3% and 65.4% respectively to INR63.43 billion, INR10.76 billion and INR1.19 billion in July-September 2018, as Airtel fought intense competition amid a fierce tariff war.

Airtel’s reported Indian mobile customer base declined by 2% quarter-on-quarter (although up 14.4% y-o-y) to 329.678 million at end-September 2018, despite mobile data traffic growing by 225% y-o-y driven by its 4G LTE subscribers rising by 132% y-o-y to 65.7 million.

Airtel Africa (consolidating 14 African markets) reported a collective 94.096 million mobile customer base at the end of the quarter, up 3.2% in three months (up 14.9% y-o-y). In USD terms (IFRS reporting standards), ongoing operations at Airtel Africa earned revenues of USD808 million in the quarter ended 30 September, up by 4% y-o-y, with three-month EBITDA climbing 16% to USD299 million, EBIT up 46% at USD193 million and net profit jumping 258% to USD64 million. Airtel Africa’s mobile data traffic was up 53% in the quarter, whilst total Airtel Money customers across its African markets reached 12.9 million.

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